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Preparing for the 2018 provincial election

3 / 19 / 2018

With the September election approaching, the New Brunswick Union (NBU) approached University of New Brunswick at Saint John political science professor J.P. Lewis for his preliminary take on a few issues. According to the UNB website, "[Lewis] research interests are in cabinet government and citizenship education, with a focus on Canada. He teaches courses on Canadian government and politics, provincial politics, federalism, elections and political parties and Canadian politics and the media.He recently co-edited a book with Professor Joanna Everitt on...

Recommendations for Domestic Violence Leave

3 / 16 / 2018

With the province introducing amendments to the Employment Standards Act concerning domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence leave and currently consulting stakeholders after which regulatory changes will be made based on feedback, the New Brunswick Union (NBU) has several suggestions to be included.1. Five days paid leave and five days unpaid leaveThis would put New Brunswick in line with the current legislation in Manitoba. While the NBU would like to see all 10 days be paid leave - similar to...

P3s and privatization not what they seem

2 / 2 / 2018

The collapse of British company Carillion - a major contractor in public-private-partnerships (P3s) - could cost thousands their jobs and casts even more doubt on the value of P3s, outsourcing and privatization.The company crumbled under the weight of about $2.6 billion in debt. While the majority of its workers are in the United Kingdom, Carillion employs 6,000 people in Canada in sectors including oil and gas, health care, aviation, and roads maintenance services for nearly 40,000 kilometres of highways in...

Details lacking in budget announcement

1 / 30 / 2018

The coming weeks will be key in coming to an informed opinion on the 2018-19 budget as details were scarce in the announcement made by Finance Minister Cathy Rogers on Tuesday.While spending will increase in healthcare, education and tourism, exactly how remains to be seen."While there's some positives to be taken away from today, we're waiting for more concrete information on the specifics of how this budget will impact New Brunswickers," said New Brunswick Union President (NBU) Susie Proulx-Daigle.On the...

Three opportunities for change in 2018

1 / 8 / 2018

Opportunities to make positive changes to our province will be plentiful in 2018 for the New Brunswick Union (NBU) and its members.Here are three issues members have identified as important for the union to take on, not to mention those we continue to pursue.1. Medavie taking over the management of the Extra-Mural programDespite government signing a deal with Medavie for the private company to manage the Extra-Mural and Tele-Care programs, we remain committed to opposing this change. Many groups throughout...

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